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Local living like a tourist in Myrtle Beach SC visits Waccamaw River Tours

If you are looking for a quiet family activity and a peaceful ride on the river sounds like just the thing, then Waccamaw River Tours is what you need. Billed as a nature and wildlife sightseeing tour, it is that and much more.

I was invited to a ride on the water with a group from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the weather couldn’t have been nicer.  Tours are given in the rain, but a nice, cool sunny day made the experience more rewarding.

The tour takes you along the Waccamaw River into the Intracoastal Waterway and into the creeks and swamps.  As we set out, some turtles and alligators greeted us on the Socastee Creek. Captain Rick Lanigan and his partner Kim Carlson have combined their love of nature into Waccamaw River Tours, and also serve as the tour guides.

While touring, we learned that the some of the cypress trees that line the waterway are over 300 years old and there is one known as the Harry Potter tree for its strange structure and likeness to the literary character. We also learned that the ospreys use moss to build their nests but leave in September and return to the same nest in the spring. Every year they make babies and kick out the ones from the prior year who try to come back (hmm, sounds like some human adults). It was also also noted that the males gather the sticks while the females do the arranging of the nest.

Carlson shared that what we call “Spanish Moss” is not Spanish nor is it moss but an airplant that lives off the…air. In earlier times, it was used to fill mattresses but chiggers would tag along and find their way on to the mattresses and onto human skin; that’s how the term “don’t let the bed bugs bite” came about. She also told us a little of the  history of the rice fields in the area and how the slaves were brought to the fields prior to the Civil War because they were considered hard workers.

During our tour we did not see many animals but the ride was relaxing and the scenery is certainly breathtaking.  If you are looking for a fun, affordable activity in the Myrtle Beach area, this is the perfect outing for the entire family.

Waccamaw River Tours is located at 8496 Enterprise Road in Myrtle Beach at the back of the Waccatee Zoo. Check out their schedule of tours at

Until next week … enjoy all the Grand Strand has to offer.

Since July 2011, Sherrie has been living in North Myrtle Beach and sharing the best that the Grand Strand has to offer. From people to events, Grand Strand Happening is your source for everything fun from Little River to Murrells Inlet.